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Bang Bang 70’s is easy to miss but once discovered, is impossible to forget. It is on a second floor amongst the wonderful blend of cafes and shops in Hong Kong’s Soho district. You are buzzed in and climb the stairs to enter a treasure trove, or rather a leather trove.
Parker is the owner. He, along with his brother, search the world for bags, wallets, belts, suitcases, briefcases, even saddlebags. Many look like new but in fact some date to the 19th century. All are a crammed into a small space. But range and quality like this doesn’t come cheap. You can pay thousands of dollars for a Victorian suit bag, or a briefcase made from two alligators, or a vintage Chanel purse.
The Department of Style is a field guide to the timeless, the adventurous, and the enthusiastic. We celebrate craft. We explore tradition. We find the creative imaginations that take classic forms and make them their own.
It is about understanding that in life, doing something right takes time, and skill, and effort. But therein lies the joy. Finding people who still do those things that way and telling their stories is the original Departmental mandate.